IBM Puts SOA Spin on New DB2

LAS VEGAS — IBM today issued a “test drive” of its forthcoming DB2 Viper
database server, a software release tuned for distributed computing
environments that handles XML data and traditional relational data.

This new spin includes DB2 Label Based Access Control (LBAC), which allows
users to define structures within the database by labeling columns in
addition to the usual row-level access control.

Ellen Reys-Klebaner, chief database architect with Visa, said in a statement
that the data row compression feature saves lots of disk space and will be
extremely useful in large data warehousing environments.

“The ability to place indexes anywhere for partitioned tables is also
particularly useful when we run out of space
in the designated table space,” Reys-Klebaner said.

By managing both relational data and raw XML data without requiring the XML
data to be reformatted, IBM argues that DB2 Viper is ideal for service-oriented architecture (SOA) , a
framework for accessing different types of data stored across multiple

“By freeing data from the static form it has been forced into by
relational-only database products, Viper can better deliver
information as a service that is readily accessed in SOA environments,” IBM
said in a statement.

The company said this accomplishment will also help customers increase
the “availability, speed and versatility of their information,” without
incurring additional management costs.

When it appears later this year, DB2 Viper will also support all three
common methods of database partitioning at the same time: range
partitioning, multi-dimensional clustering and hashing.

This will help corporations arrange their information in the way that best
suits their individual business requirements and demands.

The latest Viper test drive, unveiled at IBM’s SOA Executive Summit in India
by IBM General Manager of Information Management Ambuj Goyal, follows a
successful November beta test.

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